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First Look Trailer for Trippy Anime 'Mononoke' by Kenji Nakamura

Mononoke Trailer

Time for a first look from Japan! Toei Animation has revealed a full trailer for a feature film version of the underrated anime series Mononoke, not to be confused with Studio Ghibli's beloved Princess Mononoke. This one is entirely different. The original series aired in Japan in 2007, and in honor of its 15th anniversary next year, Toei is preparing to launch this brand new feature continuing the story. A mysterious man called the Medicine Seller travels along feudal Japan, uncovering and slaying evil spirits called "Mononoke". The film stars the voice of Takahiro Sakurai as the Medicine Seller. No other exact details have been revealed yet, but this is one impressive trailer! It definitely has some style, that's for sure.. Fans of the original series love it because it has such a distinct avant-garde look unlike many other anime. It's the kind of teaser trailer that gets you to watch, no translation needed, even if you don't know what it's based on this still looks cool.

Official UK Trailer for Intense 'Notre-Dame On Fire' Film from France

Notre-Dame On Fire Trailer

"Up there with a few men, we can do it." Pathe UK has released their own official UK trailer for the Notre-Dame On Fire movie from France, dramatizing the tragic fire at Paris's Notre Dame cathedral in 2019. The French title is just Notre-Dame Brûle and it's supposed to tell a story "from inside the Notre-Dame de Paris fire of April 2019." Made by the same director from Seven Years in Tibet and Enemy at the Gates, Frnech filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud who has stay away from Hollywood for a while now. The film retraces how heroic men & women firefighters put their lives on the line to accomplish this awe-inspiring rescue. The ensemble cast features Samuel Labarthe, Jean-Paul Bordes, Mikael Chirinian, Jérémie Laheurte, Chloé Jouannet, and Pierre Lottin. It's set to open in the UK this July after first premiering in France this March, but there's still no US plans yet. I guess they're waiting to see how well it plays in the UK first then will set a date. This doesn't look half bad, I must say. Impressive work turning this event into a movie.

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 Posted on June 15 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Masaaki Yuasa's Revisionist Rock Opera Anime 'Inu-Oh' Full US Trailer

Inu-Oh Trailer

"Let the world know your name!!" GKids has revealed the main US trailer for Inu-Oh, the latest totally wild new film from Japanese anime director Masaaki Yuasa, known for his vibrant animation The Night Is Short Walk on Girl, Lu Over the Wall, and Ride Your Wave. This premiered at the 2021 Venice Film Festival last year (watch the teaser trailer from then) as a special screening, and it's opening in the US in theaters this August. Based on a classic story about the life of Inu-Oh "King Dog", a 14th-century Japanese performer of music drama at the time of its transition from the folk art of sarugaku "monkey music" into the formalized traditions of Noh and kyôgen. The story is about the friendship between a blind musician named Tomona, and a physically deformed dancer named Inu-Oh, who achieve great success and fame working together. The film's original Japanese voice cast features Avu-Chan and Mirai Moriyama. It is a "glam-rock ode to the power of music and a forceful statement on artistic freedom from one of animation’s singular talents." This is a fabulous trailer that really captures the eccentricities and wackiness of this anime musical.

Fun Trailer for Aliens vs Swordsmen Epic Sci-Fi 'Alienoid' from Korea

Alienoid Trailer

"How long do we have to stay on Earth?" CJ Entertainment in Korea has revealed the first international trailer for an epic sci-fi movie called Alienoid. Actually it's two movies! This "Part 1" will be out in July in Korea, though no US date is set yet. During the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), Taoists try to take a mysterious holy sword. Meanwhile in present day (in 2022), aliens appear on Earth. A time door soon connects the late Goryeo period and the present day. The two parties cross paths when a time-traveling portal opens, causing chaos and confusion. The science fiction action fantasy features a cast including Ryu Jun-yeol as a master swordsman, Kim Tae-ri as "a woman who shoots thunder", Kim Woo-bin, So Ji-seob, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Eui-eung, Lee Ha-nee, and Jo Woo-jin. It was shot as one but will be released in two sequential parts; Ryu Jun-yeol & Kim Tae-ri star in both parts while Kim Woo-bin appears only in Part 1. It definitely does look epic! It also looks a bit campy. But I'm curious to see more footage - might end up being good fun.

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 Posted on June 13 in Foreign Film, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Official Trailer for Bank Heist Action Comedy 'Cop Secret' from Iceland

Cop Secret Trailer

"Reykjavík isn't an innocent little town anymore." Epic Pictures has revealed an official US trailer for the Icelandic action comedy buddy movie titled Cop Secret, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Hannes Þór Halldórsson. This initially premiered at the Locarno Film Festival last year, and it also played at Fantastic Fest, London, and the Busan Film Festival. Arriving in US theaters and VOD to watch this July. Cop Secret, the feature debut from writer-director Hannes Thor Haldorsson (who is also Iceland's national soccer team goalkeeper on top of his work in film), is an Icelandic action-packed, buddy-cop parody that follows Iceland's toughest cop who clashes with his new partner when they team up to solve a series of bank heists. The indie film stars Audunn Blöndal, Egill Einarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, and Sverrir Þór Sverrisson. It looks like if Guy Ritchie was Icelandic and made a gritty Reykjavík crime comedy, though the humor isn't that great. Still might be fun. Check this out below.

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 Posted on June 9 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Costa Rican Mystical Awakening Drama 'Clara Sola' Official US Trailer

Clara Sola Trailer

"Abracadabra, alakazoo… Clara transform!" Oscope Labs has revealed the full US trailer for a Costa Rican indie film titled Clara Sola, arriving in very limited US theaters this July. This iniitally premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar, playing to great reviews before it went on to play at tons of other film festivals. In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a withdrawn 40-year-old woman, experiences a sexual and mystical awakening as she begins a journey to free herself from the repressive religious and social conventions which have dominated her life. Wendy Chinchilla Araya stars as Clara, with Flor María Vargas Chavez, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza, and Daniel Castañeda Rincón. The critics describe it as a film mixing "religion, mysticism and sexuality in a way that feels simultaneously odd, disquieting and richly rewarding." This looks seriously mesmerizing, with some gorgeous cinematography.

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 Posted on June 9 in Foreign Film, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

New Trailer for Buddhist Sci-Fi Mystery 'Karmalink' from Cambodia

Karmalink Trailer

"I've been searching, seeking, my whole life… And now, finally, we meet." Good Deed Entertainment has revealed an official US trailer for an intriguing sci-fi indie film made in Cambodia titled Karmalink. This first premiered last year at the Venice International Film Critics' Week, and it played at tons of other film festivals throughout late 2021 and early 2022. It's now opening in the US this July. In this Buddhist sci-fi mystery set in near-future Phnom Penh, a young Cambodian detective untangles a link between her friend's past-life dreams of a lost gold artifact and a neuroscientist's determination to attain digital enlightenment. The main story follows a 13-year-old boy and his friend - they "must decide how far they are willing to go to find their treasure and the truth." The indie film stars Leng Heng Prak, Srey Leak Chhith, Sahajak Boonthanakit, and Cindy Sirinya Bishop. I'm super interested in this, all the footage looks especially unique and I'm curious to see how they craft a sci-fi story around Buddhism. I'm down. Give this one a look.

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 Posted on June 9 in Foreign Film, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Norwegian Sci-Fi Comedy 'Blasted' Trailer About a Laser Tag Duo

Blasted Trailer

"It's a full-on alien invasion!" Netflix has revealed the trailer for Blasted, a sci-fi comedy from Norway that seems to have a bit of an Attack the Block vibe. This looks ridiculously fun. When a former childhood friend crashes Sebastian's bachelor party and makes it all about himself, only an alien invasion can make them put aside their bad blood and reunite as the kick-ass laser-tag duo they once were. This sci-fi comedy is inspired by the Norwegian UFO phenomenon. To defeat the aliens they need to rekindle their relationship to save everyone. And get back to being the kick-ass lasertag duo they once were. There's also some fun paintball in this, too! Blasted stars Axel Bøyum & Fredrik Skogsrud, with Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, André Sørum, Evelyn Rasmussen Osazuwa, Mathias Luppichini, and Eirik Hallert. As someone who was a huge laser tag fan growing up, I totally need to see this! I just wish I could go play some laser tag after watching.

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 Posted on June 7 in Foreign Film, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 5 Comments

Official Trailer for 'Sniper: The White Raven' About a Ukrainian Sniper

Sniper: The White Raven Trailer

"I want to drive them out of our land." Well Go USA has revealed an official trailer for Sniper: The White Raven, a war thriller from Ukraine. This is actually set in the past during the attack in the Donbas region in 2014. Inspired by true events and created with support from the Ukrainian government and participation of members of the Ukrainian armed forces and national guard. Mykola is an eccentric pacifist who wants to be useful to humanity. When the war begins at Donbass, Mykola's naive world is collapsing as the militants kill his pregnant wife and burn his home. Recovered, he makes a cardinal decision and gets enlisted in a sniper company. Having met his wife's killers, he emotionally breaks down and arranges "sniper terror" for the enemy. He's saved from a senseless death by his instructor who himself gets mortally wounded. The death of a friend leaves a "scar" and Mykola is ready to sacrifice his life. Intense story! But I think it's exactly the kind of story Ukraine needs to be telling now. Sometimes fighting back is the only way to defeat the enemy, even if you don't like violence. Starring Aldoshyn Pavlo. Opening in July in the US for anyone to watch.

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 Posted on June 7 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Official US Trailer for Doc 'Vedette' About a 'Queen' Cow of the Alps

Vedette Trailer

"Why don't you ever come when I call you?" Ahaha what a jolly, ginormous bovine queen! The Film Forum in NYC has revealed an official US trailer for a funny French documentary film called Vedette, yet another documentary about a cow. To go along with Andrea Arnold's Cow released earlier this year. This premiered last year in Cannes, and played at IDFA in Amsterdam as well. Here's the pitch: "Vedette is a cow. Vedette is queen. She was even once queen of the queens of the Alps. But Vedette is getting older. In order to save her the humiliation of being dethroned by young rivals, our neighbors, Elise and Nicole let us look after her for an entire summer. This is where our vision changes: our vision of the cows, of our local neighbors, in short, our vision of the world." Sounds good to me! Another fascinating entry into the animal docs subgenre. The exuberant "moo!" when talking about not eating meat is so perfectly placed - you have to see it for yourself.

India's 'Forrest Gump' Remake 'Laal Singh Chaddha' Official Trailer

Laal Singh Chaddha Trailer

"Some people don't believe, but miracles do happen." Paramount has revealed the official US trailer for an Indian film titled Laal Singh Chaddha, which is really an official remake of Forrest Gump set in India instead. Apparently this has been in the works for along time - they spent ten years adapting the script, then another ten years purchasing the remake rights, finally securing them in 2018. Laal Singh Chaddha has been filmed in more than 100 Indian locations. The plot is similar - events in India's history unfold through the perspective of Laal Singh Chaddha, a dim-witted man, as played by famous actor / filmmaker Aamir Khan. The film's cast also includes Kareena Kapoor, Naga Chaitanya, Mona Singh, Manav Vij, and Aaryaa Sharma. This actually looks amazing?! I'm serious! Bollywood is really rocking right now and this is a seemingly impressive that looks as endearing as the original. I want to see this. It might be pretty good.

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 Posted on June 2 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

Intense Trailer for 'Attack on Finland' Action Movie Landing in July

Attack on Finland Trailer

"We made a deal. You broke it." Samuel Goldwyn has revealed the official US trailer for a Finnish action thriller titled Attack on Finland, which is the international release title. It also goes under Omerta 6/12 or 6/12, which is a reference to December 6 the Finnish Independence Day. A celebration during the holiday in Finland takes a tragic turn when the Presidential Palace is attacked and the president is taken hostage. Soon it is clear that the main target behind the attack is a plan to destabilize the security of Europe. That sounds a lot like Finland's version of Olympus Has Fallen or White House Down. The action film's cast includes Jasper Pääkkönen, Nanna Blondell, Sverrir Gudnason, Cathy Belton, Nika Savolainen, Pertti Sveholm, Juhan Ulfsak, Zijad Gracic, Miodrag Stojanović, and Dragomir Mrsic. This looks hyper-stylized and intense, but it also feels a bit made-for-TV in quality. Still may be an entertaining watch.

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 Posted on May 31 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

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